Content about Vitamins, Diet and Sports Nutrition

December 17, 2013

During Friday's episode of ABC's "Shark Tank," Noot! Nutrition announced a $4 million distribution deal with Walgreens that will see its RuckPack eneregy shot distributed across the chain's more than 8,600-store base.

LOS ANGELES — During Friday's episode of ABC's "Shark Tank," Noot! Nutrition announced a $4 million distribution deal with Walgreens that will see its RuckPack eneregy shot distributed across the chain's more than 8,600-store base. According to company founder Rob Dyer, this will make RuckPack "an actual contender in the energy drink category." 

December 17, 2013

In response to the study "Long-Term Multivitamin Supplementation and Cognitive Function in Men: The Physicians' Health Study II," and the editorial "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday released two video statements.

WASHINGTON — In response to the study "Long-Term Multivitamin Supplementation and Cognitive Function in Men: The Physicians' Health Study II" and the editorial "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday released two video statements.

December 13, 2013

MarketsandMarkets on Friday projected the global probiotics market would reach $23.9 billion by 2017.

DALLAS — MarketsandMarkets on Friday projected the global probiotics market would reach $23.9 billion by 2017. 

"[The] probiotics market has been one of the prime beneficiaries of the recent fad over functional foods," MarketsandMarkets reported. "Rising levels of health consciousness and aging baby boomer population are a few of the drivers helping in the growth of the market. 

December 12, 2013

The National Advertising Division referred advertising claims made by Bremmen Clinical, for its Vysera-CLS weight-loss supplement, to the Federal Trade Commission for further review.

NEW YORK — The National Advertising Division on Tuesday referred advertising claims made by Bremmen Clinical, for its Vysera-CLS weight-loss supplement, to the Federal Trade Commission for further review.

December 12, 2013

Vitamin Shoppe announced that the company had filed suit against law firm Seeger Weiss in New York federal court.

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — Vitamin Shoppe on Wednesday announced that the company had filed suit against law firm Seeger Weiss in New York federal court. Seeger Weiss has been using the company's name and trademark "Vitamin Shoppe" in its domain name and marketing materials, as well as the trademarked Bodytech name in marketing and soliciting materials without the company's permission, Vitamin Shoppe charged. 

December 11, 2013

GNC on Wednesday identified the winners of the company's "Me on GNC" photo and video contest.

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Wednesday identified the winners of the company's "Me on GNC" photo and video contest. The three top winners in each category, whose stories can be seen on the ME ON GNC Contest web page, will share $100,000 in prizes. 

December 11, 2013

According to new research commissioned by Nelson, of the most commonly recommended vitamins and minerals, patients have the hardest time tolerating iron.

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — According to new research commissioned by Nelson, of the most commonly recommended vitamins and minerals, patients have the hardest time tolerating iron. 

Researchers from Market Dynamics surveyed 300 U.S. healthcare professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and dieticians/nutritionists to learn more about their patient conversations around vitamin and mineral supplements. Among the findings — iron led the way in patient complaints. 

December 10, 2013

A review published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endrocrinology last week determined that low vitamin D levels are not a cause but a consequence of ill health.

PHILADELPHIA — A review published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endrocrinology last week determined that low vitamin D levels are not a cause but a consequence of ill health. 

December 6, 2013

Competitive Promotion Report on Friday unveiled the National Brands and Store Brand advanced analytics tool to help health, beauty and wellness manufacturers and retailers optimize the balance of national brands and store brands to maximize retailers' profit, encourage category growth and improve marketshare.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Competitive Promotion Report on Friday unveiled the National Brands and Store Brand advanced analytics tool to help health, beauty and wellness manufacturers and retailers optimize the balance of national brands and store brands to maximize retailers' profit, encourage category growth and improve marketshare.  

December 6, 2013

Nielsen Holdings named Karen Kornbluh its EVP external affairs, effective immediately.

NEW YORK — Nielsen Holdings on Monday named Karen Kornbluh its EVP external affairs, effective immediately. Reporting to incoming CEO Mitch Barns — who succeeds CEO David Calhoun on Jan. 1 — Kornbluh will lead Nielsen’s global work in a number of key areas, including: government and public affairs and services; privacy strategy; corporate social responsibility; and multicultural market development. She will be based in Washington but will split her time in New York.

December 6, 2013

The Council for Responsible Nutrition released a report finding that dietary supplementation can save the healthcare system tens of billions over the next decade.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday released a report finding that dietary supplementation can save the healthcare system tens of billions over the next decade. 

The report demonstrated that supplementation at preventive intake levels in high-risk populations can reduce the number of medical events associated with heart disease, age-related eye disease, diabetes and bone disease in the United States, representing the potential for significant cost savings.

December 5, 2013

Church & Dwight announced plans to expand its gummy vitamin production capacity through the addition of a new production line to be constructed at its manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania.

EWING, N.J. — Church & Dwight on Thursday announced plans to expand its gummy vitamin production capacity through the addition of a new production line to be constructed at its manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania. The company will continue to manufacture gummy vitamins at its two facilities in Washington. 

Construction will begin in January 2014 and the line is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2015.

December 5, 2013

GfK Consumer Experiences North America on Thursday released its GfK Brand Benchmark Study, which assessed US consumers’ relationships with hundreds of products and services in 48 categories, and found stark disparities in what different generations value in a brand.

NEW YORK — GfK Consumer Experiences North America on Thursday released its GfK Brand Benchmark Study, which assessed US consumers’ relationships with hundreds of products and services in 48 categories, and found stark disparities in what different generations value in a brand. For example, while both Generations X and Y value a product’s functionality, Gen Y also cares strongly about a brand’s image and notoriety. 

December 5, 2013

ZeaVision announced that its EyePromise natural supplements are now available for broader distribution through vitamin, health retail and e-tail channels.

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — ZeaVision on Wednesday announced that its EyePromise natural supplements are now available for broader distribution through vitamin, health retail and e-tail channels.

EyePromise products contain the highest levels of natural zeaxanthin of any eye health supplement, according to ZeaVision. The newest formula, EyePromise vizual EDGE, is based on the success of EyePromise vizual EDGE PRO, popular among professional athletes because it enhances their ability to see objects better and, therefore, react faster.

December 4, 2013

IRI on Tuesday announced that it has formed a business agreement with Intage, a marketing research company in Japan.

CHICAGO — IRI on Tuesday announced that it has formed a business agreement with Intage, a marketing research company in Japan.

Under this agreement, IRI clients gain access to Japanese retail point-of-sale data via the IRI Global Executive Market Reviews service. In turn, Intage is able to provide CPG and retail information and insights to their clients from all markets IRI serves worldwide.

December 3, 2013

Elderly and disabled people nationwide have saved almost $9 billion on prescription drugs thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

WASHINGTON — Elderly and disabled people nationwide have saved almost $9 billion on prescription drugs thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

December 3, 2013

Inergetics and the Podiatree Co. on Tuesday launched Intrinsix, a podiatry-exclusive nerve health support supplement enriched with calcium and vitamin D.

NEWARK, N.J. — Inergetics and the Podiatree Co. on Tuesday launched Intrinsix, a podiatry-exclusive nerve health support supplement enriched with calcium and vitamin D.

Developed alongside pharmacist, Robert Graci, Inergetics has created a unique formula to support healthy nerve function and specifically help diabetic patients who experience nerve-related symptoms in their extremities, which include tingling, pain, burning and loss of sensation, the company stated. 

November 27, 2013

NEW YORK — The National Advertising Division has referred advertising claims made by Maxam Nutraceuticals for its PCA dietary supplement to the Federal Trade Commission for further review, after the company declined to participate in a review of its claims.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition challenged claims made by Maxam in television and Internet advertising, including:

November 25, 2013

Movit Energy Gummies recently launched its signature product targeting active sports enthusiasts with an energy product in gummy format.

MEAD, Wash. — Movit Energy Gummies recently launched its signature product targeting active sports enthusiasts with an energy product in gummy format. 

Movit comes in a snack-size packet typically containing 11 gummies, which altogether contain 60 calories, in one of two flavors — citrus or berry. The proprietary formula includes such ingredients as Brazilian guarana, co-enzyme Q10, D-ribose, vitamin C, taurine, protein and a full complement of B vitamins.

The energy formula meets high school and NCAA guidelines, the company stated.

November 25, 2013

The global market research firm Harris Interactive on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Nielsen Holdings.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The global market research firm Harris Interactive on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Nielsen Holdings. 

November 21, 2013

The Global Market Development Center and The National Grocers Association on Thursday announced the GMDC Showcase at the 2014 NGA Show, to be held February 9-12, 2014 at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center and The National Grocers Association on Thursday announced the GMDC Showcase at the 2014 NGA Show, to be held February 9-12, 2014 at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For the first time, GMDC in partnership with their supplier and wholesale members will bring a 3,000 square foot pavilion of general merchandise, health, wellness, and beauty care products, merchandising concepts and promotions to the 2014 NGA Show.

November 21, 2013

Across five different product or service attributes analyzed (i.e., price, service agreement, selection, feature or quality) in a Nielsen Global Survey of Loyalty Sentiment, "offering the best price" held the most persuasive power to motivate consumers to swap devotion to a brand, service provider or retailer, Nielsen reported on Monday.

CHICAGO — Across five different product or service attributes analyzed (i.e., price, service agreement, selection, feature or quality) in a Nielsen Global Survey of Loyalty Sentiment, "offering the best price" held the most persuasive power to motivate consumers to swap devotion to a brand, service provider or retailer, Nielsen reported on Monday. 

November 21, 2013

PGT Healthcare, the international joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, earlier this week announced a collaboration with Swisse Wellness, a leading wellness brand in Australia, to begin expanding Swisse Wellness' range of more than 100 vitamins, minerals and supplements globally over the next few years.

MELBOURNE, Australia — PGT Healthcare, the international joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, earlier this week announced a collaboration with Swisse Wellness, a leading wellness brand in Australia, to begin expanding Swisse Wellness' range of more than 100 vitamins, minerals and supplements globally over the next few years.

Swisse Wellness products are currently available in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The collaboration with PGT Healthcare encompasses all new markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

November 20, 2013

Following actions by the Food and Drug Administration, USPLabs has agreed to recall and destroy the dietary supplement OxyElite Pro, as it has been linked to dozens of cases of acute liver failure and hepatitis, including one death and illnesses so severe that several patients required liver transplants, the agency noted Wednesday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Following actions by the Food and Drug Administration, USPLabs has agreed to recall and destroy the dietary supplement OxyElite Pro, as it has been linked to dozens of cases of acute liver failure and hepatitis, including one death and illnesses so severe that several patients required liver transplants, the agency noted Wednesday. 

November 19, 2013

SILVER SPRING, Md. — At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent, the agency announced Monday.

“This company has a responsibility to ensure its products are safe for distribution and human consumption,” stated Melinda Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We have taken action to protect consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their safety by keeping these products from entering the distribution system.”

The retail value of the seized products is more than $2 million, the agency estimated.

A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleged that the products were adulterated according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain DMAA, an unapproved food additive that is deemed unsafe under the law.

The FDA is urging consumers not to buy or use supplements containing DMAA, which can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine. Consumers should check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The FDA has warned consumers about the health risks of DMAA on its web site.

On Nov. 12, 2013, U.S. Marshals seized more than 1,500 cases of finished goods and more than 1,200 pounds of in-process/raw material goods from the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals facility.

During the FDA’s inspection of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, which began in October, investigators identified 11 products that were labeled as containing DMAA or its chemical equivalent. These products included Black Widow, ECA Xtreme, Fastin, Fastin-XR, Lipodrene, Lipodrene Hardcore, Lipodrene XR, Lipodrene Xtreme, Lipotherm, Stimerex-ES, and Yellow Scorpion. The investigators also observed bulk DMAA raw ingredients at the facility. Prior to the seizure, on Nov. 1, 2013, the FDA issued an administrative detention, temporarily holding the products until they were seized.

Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is using all available tools at its disposal to remove these products from the market. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies notifying them that products containing DMAA need to be taken off the market or reformulated to remove this substance.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent, the agency announced Monday.